Jammu, Oct 9: The State Congress Tuesday hinted at boycotting the upcoming Block Development Council (BDC) elections "if Jammu and Kashmir government fails to implement 73rd amendment of the Constitution of India by October 17," the last date for filing nominations for the polls.
"We have evolved consensus in the party today and it was decided that the decision to participate in the upcoming BDC polls will be taken by the party high command, which will be informed about the aspirations of the party leaders and workers in the state", PCC Chief Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz told media persons, after two hour long closed door meeting of the party leaders and legislators here this evening.
Though Soz refused to give a direct reply to the media queries about the party's participation in BDC elections, he indicated that the party unit in the state may be mulling the option of boycott. "We can not presume the situation. The time limit is already set and we are clear on the issue that we can not compromise on the issue (73rd amendment) in any way. We will inform AICC about the consensus among the party ranks in the state and it will be for the party high command to take a final call", PCC chief said when asked what step the party would take in case the amendments were not implemented before October 17.
Flanked by the Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, who belongs to union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad's camp, the PCC president tried to present a united face of the party claiming that Congress in the state will "in no case compromise on its agenda".
"We held detailed deliberations over the issue (73rd amendment) in the meeting held today and earlier in Srinagar with ministers, legislators, district presidents, block presidents and prominent party functionaries", he said adding that it was unanimously decided that the party can not compromise on its agenda.
"It is the party interest which will guide us for our future course of action. We shall get back to you in the due course of time", he said adding the party has taken a firm stand rejecting nomination procedure at all levels of Panchayat institutions.
While replying to a query regarding, assertion of Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Ali Mohammad Sagar, that all provisions of 73rd amendment have already been incorporated by the state government, Soz, said that the Finance Commission and Election Commission constituted by state government, have not seen the light of the day.